Sydney college of the Arts (Usyd), College of Fine Arts (U.N.S.W)
Program / Degree
Bachelor of Visual Arts , Master Of Art , Master of Teaching
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Mark Talib Born in Bath, England in 1970, lives in Bali Indonesia and is a practicing artist with a history of Art making for the last two decades.
Mark graduated with a master of Art from the college of fine arts at the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of visual arts and Master of teaching in the visual arts from Sydney
College of the arts and the University of Sydney. Mark has been involved with studio practice as well as an educator of the visual arts.
About my artwork
I am interested in flawed, concealed, lost remains , the beauty in apparent ugliness and the fusion of unnatural materials. I create and destroy surfaces, imagery which lose its integrity
and firmness and all are drowned in resin. I like the cracked, broken, the worn, aged patina, the colors only created by oxidization, sunlight, mold, fire and violence. I dent and carve into the picture surface creating recesses and at other times I heat the surface to create bubbles of dried oil paint supported by heated gas between canvas and paint. The recesses are filled as resin rolls over the surface, like ocean tides fill empty pockets with sand and water, making smooth the destroyed landscape. The resin covers the fragile bubbles of oil paint solidifying them, as tree sap envelopes the small insects of the jungle, giving them strength where they had little and holding them in time. The resin is transparent in my work and often provides a glimpse into the interior workings of the painting. Sometimes, however, my opaque paint covers the history of the painting, presenting a new reality that lies on the surface, but negates its histology, its evolution. The painting does not reveal what lies beneath. It hides its history, as a classic car once threadbare and then restored denies its own. Nevertheless, all things have an apparent secret beneath the surface. There is a mystery to life which does not reveal all its secrets at once.
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